It is often said that smiling shows confidence and a positive outlook. However, for many people, a smile is not a true representation of how they feel inside. When your smile is guarded due to insecurities related to the shape or appearance of teeth, feelings of low self-worth will soon follow.
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking is the top cause of lung cancer. It also has an adverse effect on your oral health. That beautiful smile you hope for may be compromised if you are a smoker. And if you believe that vaping is a safe alternative, you may be in for a surprise.
Does taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Do cold beverages or food give your teeth a sharp ache? Maybe even foods that are sweet or sour are a problem. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. Even though, as you age the daily wear and tear on your teeth does take a toll, there is plenty you can do to maintain your healthy smile.
Did you know that men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush and floss on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty.
When parents teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis, those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. Summer is the perfect time to teach them another habit – healthy snacking. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables available, children learn to substitute healthy snacks for candy and other sugary options.
Have you ever woke up with a slight irritation or pain in your throat? Well, these could be the telltale signs of a possible infection like flu or strep throat. Before we jump the gun and scavenge for heavy pharmaceutical medicines, we should consider following the age-old prescription of gargling and rinsing the mouth with saltwater.
You can brush and floss all you want, but if you don’t maintain a proper diet, your teeth may still suffer. What does that mean? One recommendation is that processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. They are bad for a healthy smile, but they also contribute to a number of general health problems.
Should you replace missing teeth? The missing tooth that spoils your healthy smile certainly gets your attention, but those unseen missing teeth – those in the back of your mouth – can also cause a variety of problems. So when patients ask me whether they should replace missing teeth I usually say yes. The only exception? The last molars.